Let's hear it from Saneha herself: a 16 year old girl in Pakistan at risk
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Saneha was a conscientious 10th grade student. She was snatched whilst on her way to Church by a Muslim man almost twice her age, already married and with 4 children.
Saneha's family are convinced that she was abducted and is being held against her will. The family where she is now living claims that she ran away to marry and has converted to Islam. No one independent has been able to speak to Saneha to find out the truth. The police did not react to the initial report of her abduction despite pleas from her family and now apparently consider a certificate of conversion to Islam as a reason why they should not intervene.
We know that it is hard to get to the truth in these situations so we have just one simple demand:
Allow or require Saneha to see a magistrate (and a qualified legal professional representing each family) unaccompanied by any member of the family or other person associated with the abductor, to express her choice of where she should live in future: with her parents, with her abductor or at a refuge for women and girls.
The Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan can make this happen if he feels that enough people care about Saneha. He can make sure that the authorities in Pakistan act to find out what Saneha really wants.
We can make this happen and if we do, not only Saneha but other girls who live in fear of abduction, will know that their voice does count and that they can be treated as a equal in the societies where they live. There are over 1,000 reports of abductions of minority girls/forced conversions each year in Pakistan. Saneha could be your daughter, your sister, please tell Imran Khan that he must ensure justice for Saneha and all the girls like her who live in fear.